News on CR? Impossible!

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/02/2013
The I and B ministry held a Community Radio Sammelan recently in New Delhi.  Union minister Manish Tewari held forth on how television news channels in the country have become "views channels" and   disconnected from discourses amongst people. Hoping for  backing for community radio, two not-for-profit CR bodies gave a joint petition to the minister asking him to  repeal the ban on news on CR. His immediate response: "it is impossible"!
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Don't ask us what MeitY's committee on national investment in critical national infrastructure and digital broadcasting has to do with the regulation of online media content. But reports have it that the controversial  content regulation committee set up under the former Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, has now quietly shifted to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). This is clearly one hot potato no one wants!                           


The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar. They also vandalised an exhibition organised by Mathrubhumi books in Kochi in protest. They found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The Mathrubhumi Weekly editor tweeted that literature was being mob lynched.                                

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